Candidates clarify information in Voter Guide
Published: September 7, 2012
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ST. CROIX - After publication of the Voter Guide on Thursday, the Daily News received information from two candidates that clarified their responses.
Christina Lee, a Democratic candidate for Senate from the St. Thomas-St. John District, asked The Daily News to clarify that she is working toward a master's degree at the University of the Virgin Islands and does not yet have the master's degree.
Donald Cole, a Democratic candidate for Senate from the St. Thomas-St. John District, said that in the 1990s, he was aware he owed the Internal Revenue Bureau money but was on a payment plan and was not aware that a tax lien had been filed against him and his wife at the time.
He had been unable to pay all the money he owed at the time the income taxes were filed, Cole said.
"I set up a payment plan, and that money came out of my paycheck," he said.
Public records show that the Internal Revenue Bureau filed three liens totaling $9,065 in the 1990s against Cole and his wife.
Cole said Thursday that he had "no knowledge" of the liens, and that he believes his ex-wife had no knowledge of the liens either.
The liens all were paid off and fully released - two in November 1999 and a third in July 2000.
Also in Thursday's Voter Guide, the name of St. Thomas-St. John senatorial candidate Patrick Simeon Sprauve was misspelled in the heading to his questionnaire and on the sample ballot provided by the V.I. Election System.